From Prison to Pastor: A Legacy of Hope in Los Angeles

Somewhere after gang life, incarceration and a stint with a Mexican Cartel, Jose Hernandez felt a stirring in his heart, which would eventually lead him towards ministry and a legacy of leadership and healing in Watts, California. But in order to move forward, Jose first had to make peace with his past, including the suffering and pain he caused others. Today, Pastor Jose Hernandez is a role model and father figure to many young boys in Watts, setting a strong example of hope, dedication and the power of personal transformation.In this episode:Jose thought the life of a criminal was his fate and never imagined he would live this long.His father abused him and his mother, then abandoned them, which set the tone for a lot of his life.His desire to belong, to be part of something bigger, to be protected because of all those things he was lacking.Learning the cost of being a member in a gang.Becoming the man he vowed he never would be and the journey to his faith.His return to Hope Central Watts, becoming a pastor, and the importance of forgiveness.Stay connected with Jose:Website: www.hopecentralwatts.comFacebook: Hope Central WattsInstagram: @hopecentralwattsCharity Donation: Hope Central WattsSubscribe to All The Wiser  wherever you listen to podcasts - we’re on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and more! That way you’ll never miss an episode. We’d love to hear what you think about the show, too - it helps us know what stories are resonating with you. Head over to Apple Podcasts to write your review!Stay in the know with all things All The Wiser! Sign up for our newsletter for personal reflections from Kimi, new episodes, and recommendations from our team!Don't forget to join our new Facebook group to continue the conversation and meet others in our community.Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:

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